un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Definition of uneven

1a archaic : unequal sense 1a
2a : not even : not level or smooth : rugged, ragged large uneven teeth uneven handwriting
b : varying from the straight or parallel
c : not uniform : irregular uneven combustion
d : varying in quality an uneven performance
3 : unequal sense 3a an uneven confrontation

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Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb
unevenness \ ˌən-​ˈē-​və(n)-​nəs How to pronounce uneven (audio) \ noun

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rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface. a rough wooden board harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch. a harsh fabric that chafes the skin uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality. an old house with uneven floors rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel. a rugged landscape scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface. a scabrous leaf

Examples of uneven in a Sentence

His breathing was shallow and uneven. You should check your car's tires often for signs of uneven wear. an uneven distribution of wealth We have an uneven number of players, so we'll have to rotate.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Tides have had a tough season with injuries and uneven performance and thus haven’t been represented here much, but one of their most consistent offensive performers has been Cumberland, the 25-year-old switch-hitting catcher. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 8 June 2021 The quality of the music varied greatly from night to night — and even from the first set to the second in the case of the Beach Boys’ decidedly uneven performance. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2021 The pandemic stalled this movement for a while but now will probably accelerate it as the loss or gain of jobs is uneven across the country. Ingo Winzer, Forbes, 1 June 2021 However, the report says the movement’s overall progress has been uneven, saying there has been some change, but no transformation. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 The rhythms are uneven, the patterns of meaning often elusive. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 The factory work was hard on her body, and the hours were often uneven. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, 24 May 2021 The results with the approach have been encouraging, but also can be uneven. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 23 May 2021 Yet the rate of inoculations nationwide is uneven, with some states far outpacing others. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of uneven

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of uneven was before the 12th century

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15 Jun 2021

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“Uneven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uneven. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uneven

: not level, flat, or smooth
: not straight or parallel
: not following a regular pattern : not the same in all parts or at all times


un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Kids Definition of uneven

1 : odd sense 3 uneven numbers
2 : not level, straight, or smooth an uneven surface
3 : irregular sense 4 uneven breathing
4 : varying in quality an uneven performance
5 : unequal sense 2 an uneven competition

Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb The board was cut unevenly.


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